Are You Changing Carriers in 2015? The rules of some frequent flier programs are significantly changing this year. Will that result in a change to which airline you patronize in 2015? Find out what fellow members of Milepoint think as they express their thoughts and opinions. Is It Worth It Anymore? Speaking of changing carriers, diver1 is both a lifetime member of one hotel program and a member of one airline program with elite status; but despite the benefits and amenities which are supposed to be available to him — such as upgrades, for example — he seldom enjoys many of them. Is it worth it to remain loyal to those airline and hotel companies when he can get better deals elsewhere which are significantly less expensive? What to Do in Brooklyn for a Few Hours? Yo! Yeah, I’m tawkin’ to you! You gonna be in Brooklyn for a few hours, ya beddah look at dis here thread that MX started for idears. Hey, take it from me. Listen, while you’re there, have some pizza and calzone at my cousin’s pizzeria over on Flatbush Avenue. Ask for Vinnie — he’ll take care of ya. No, he ain’t dat cousin Vinnie... Why it Pays to Check Your Award Reservations Why would jackplum give one quick call to an airline after he checked on the award reservation for the airline ticket of his wife — on which she is traveling in a seat in the first class cabin on a trip to the Caribbean — and why might it benefit you to do the same? Fellow Milepoint Members Request Your Advice on Upcoming Trips It is now 2015; and if one of your resolutions for the new year is to be more helpful to fellow frequent fliers, here is your opportunity to offer advice on where to go on a trip to celebrate 25 years of marriage as asked by Travelmom4; seeing any tips on looking for award space to Tenerife in the Canary Islands from Washington, D.C. for solrebel; and at which hotel property to stay in Athens for Pizzaman. Come Clean With Donating Used Hotel Soap If you have ever wondered what to do with that soap you used — but did not finish — in your hotel room, put it to some good use. Jenny & Curt recommend donating it to the Global Soap Project, which receives partially-used and discarded soap from hotels; recycles it into millions of new bars; and then distributes the new soap to people who lack access to it around the world. You might find yourself bubbling over with pride as you help to shower children around the world with an opportunity to reduce the odds of dying due to the possibility of contracting an illness related to poor hygiene.